One of Kansas’s most conservative members of Congress told TPM Friday that the talk about barring President Obama from Kansas ballots will end up being just that.“He’ll be on the ballot in Kansas,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R) told TPM in the halls of the Values Voter Summit in Washington.
Three top Republican elected officials in Kansas, including “informal” Mitt Romney adviser Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, are considering challenging Obama’s eligibility to appear on Kansas ballots this fall based on concerns over his citizenship. Kobach would not directly say whether he believes Obama’s birth certificate is real in an email to TPM Thursday night.
Huelskamp suggested the birther controversy in Kansas will end with Obama on the ballot in the state where his mother was raised.
Huelskamp is not usually one to cross the conservatives in his party. Progressives labeled him “the most anti-gay member of Congress” earlier this year. But Huelskamp has had a brush with Kansas birtherism before: He won his seat in Congress after defeating Tracey Mann in a Republican primary. Mann lost the endorsement of the Hutchison News after expressing birther views.